Wednesday, July 2, 2008
this shit is really happening.
right now, some major shit is playing out in zimbabwe. here's a quick timeline breakdown:
march 30 - opposition movement for democratic change (MDC) claims victory in presidential and parliamentary elections based on early results.
april 2 - parliamentary election results show president robert mugabe's ZANU-PF has lost its majority for the first time since independence in 1980.
may 2 - electoral body says MDC's morgan tsvangirai won most votes in the presidential election, but not enough to avoid a run-off against mugabe. opposition rejects the result.
may 24 - tsvangirai returns to zimbabwe to contest the run-off after several weeks abroad, even though he says first round results were rigged to deny him outright victory.
june 4 - police detain tsvangirai for more than eight hours while he was campaigning for the run-off. he is eventually held five times.
june 22 - tsvangirai says he is pulling out of the run-off because attacks by mugabe's supporters have killed 90 of his followers, making a fair election impossible - not to mention the attempt, a frightening prospect for his supporters.
june 23 - u.n. security council unanimously declares a free and fair presidential election run-off impossible.
june 25 - zimbabwe's neighbors in the southern african development community call for the vote to be postponed.
june 27 - zimbabwe goes ahead with the run-off vote for the one-candidate election. witnesses say some people are forced to vote for mugabe. voters fingers are marked with purple ink to identify them.
june 29 - mugabe is declared the winner with over 85 percent and is sworn in for a new term. observers from the pan-african parliament say the vote was undoubtedly flawed and should be re-run.
July 1 - african union summit calls for a government of national unity in zimbabwe.
this is all real. this is a frightening time for zimbabwe and the world. my thoughts and love are with my homeboy, tichona. bless.